LICIACube (Light Italian Cubesat for Imaging of Asteroids) is the name of the project coordinated by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for the development of a SmallSat built in the Argotec's laboratories in Turin. This satellite was selected by NASA in order to take part in its mission DART(Double Asteroid Redirection Test) expected in 2021.
The DART mission wants to verify the possibility to change the orbit of the moonlet (called Didymoon) in binary asteroid Didymos with a kinetic impact of the NASA satellite at a velocity of 21.000 km/s and a distance from the Earth of 10 million kilometers.
After traveling 16 months aboard the DART satellite, LICIACube, the Italian cubesat, will be release in order to monitor all effects of the impact: the crater and the evolution of the debris produced by the collision. All data acquired during this phase of the mission will be very important to verify the efficacy of the impact.